News: Nintendo announces two DLC packs for Mario Kart 8

Super Smash Kart is happening!!! (Sort of…)

For a while now I’ve been wanting a version of Super Mario Kart that takes the Super Smash Bros. approach and mixes in characters and karts based on Nintendo’s other franchises, like Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda. It appears that, through DLC for Mario Kart 8, I’m getting my wish.

Giant Bomb reports that Nintendo of Europe has given away the information on two upcoming packs for the popular kart racer. The first one, set for release in November, includes four vehicles, eight courses, and three characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link.

The second pack, which is scheduled for release in May of 2015, will include 3 new characters (Animal Crossing Villager, Isabelle, and Dry Bowser), 2 new cups with 8 more tracks total, and 4 new vehicles. No information is directly given about what the new courses or karts are, but you can see some of them in screenshots on Nintendo of Europe’s store page. Also, if you purchase both DLC bundles, you get new colors for Shy Guy and Yoshi!

The release dates seem kind of far, given the game’s release last May, but keep in mind that Mario Kart titles tend to continue selling long after their release. On top of that, this shows that Nintendo is taking DLC seriously, and isn’t working on it as much during development. That, plus the time they spend testing each course to make sure it’s absolutely perfect, means that this is going to take time. It sounds like some great content will continue to come to one of the year’s best games.

What do you think of the announced DLC? Any characters you’d like to see come to Mario Kart? I’m still hoping for a motorcycle shaped like Epona for Link to ride! Leave your ideas in the comments below!

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